About GLF Africa 2022
GLF Africa 2022: How to build an equitable, resilient food future brought together over 8,500 participants from 122 countries and featured 182 leading scientists, activists, Indigenous leaders, financiers, youth and government leaders, and 68 incredible partners to explore African solutions to the global food crisis caused by climate change, COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine.
Across 31 plenaries, interactive sessions, launches, virtual tours, dialogues, performances, and a job fair, the digital conference explored ways to transform the future of food through healthy landscapes, equitable access to land, and shorter, greener value chains. Messages spread on social media rallied 26 million people around concrete ways for Africa to regain its food sovereignty.
Achieving inclusive, resilient, and safe food systems in the context of Africa
Africa has played a minimal role in causing the climate crisis, yet its people are already paying a heavy price. With droughts, floods, and the war in Ukraine sparking a global food crisis, Africa’s woes are more apparent than ever. At the same time, the continent is taking charge of finding its own solutions.
Jochen Flasbarth, State Secretary in the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), opens the plenary by inviting us to take action toward sustainable global food systems.
This plenary brings together Honorary Professor at Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance Faculty of the Commerce University of Cape Town Carlos Lopes, International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) Director General Jimmy Smith, and the co-founder of Loss and Damage Youth Food Coalition Ineza Grace, to present pathways to solve these interconnected crises.
Hear from success stories of inclusive, resilient, and safe food systems transition in the context of the African Continental Free Trade Area, the African Adaptation Initiative, and the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative.